(1) General information.
(a) The hospice program provides palliative care to people who elect to receive hospice services and are certified as terminally ill by their physician.
(b) Program rules governing election of hospice services are under chapter 182-551
(c) A person may revoke an election to receive hospice services at any time by signing a revocation statement.
(d) Transfer of asset rules under WAC 182-513-1363
do not apply to the hospice program in any setting, regardless of which apple health program the person is eligible to receive.
(2) When hospice is a covered service.
(a) A person who receives coverage under a categorically needy (CN), medically needy (MN), or alternative benefits plan (ABP) program is eligible for hospice services as part of the program specific benefit package.
(b) A person who receives coverage under the alien emergency medical (AEM) program under WAC 182-507-0110
may be eligible for payment for hospice services if preapproved by the agency.
(c) A person who receives coverage under the medical care services (MCS) program is not eligible for coverage of hospice services.
(3) When HCB waiver rules are used to determine eligibility for hospice.
(a) A person who is not otherwise eligible for a CN, MN, or ABP noninstitutional program who does not reside in a medical institution, may be eligible for CN coverage under the hospice program by using home and community based (HCB) waiver rules under WAC 182-515-1505
to determine financial eligibility.
(b) When HCB waiver rules are used, the following exceptions apply:
(i) A person on the hospice program may reside in a medical institution, including a hospice care center, thirty days or longer and remain eligible for hospice services; and
(ii) A person residing at home on the hospice program who has available income over the special income limit (SIL), defined under WAC 182-513-1100
, is not eligible for CN coverage. If available income is over the SIL, the agency or its designee determines eligibility for medically needy coverage under WAC 182-519-0100
(c) When HCB waiver rules are used, a person may be required to pay income and third-party resources (TPR) as defined under WAC 182-513-1100
toward the cost of hospice services. The cost of care calculation is described under WAC 182-515-1509
(d) When a person already receives HCB waiver services and elects hospice, the person must pay any required cost of care towards the HCB waiver service provider first.
(4) Eligibility for hospice services in a medical institution:
(a) A person who elects to receive hospice services, resides in a medical institution for thirty days or longer, and has income:
(i) Equal to or less than the SIL is income eligible for CN coverage. Eligibility for institutional hospice is determined under WAC 182-513-1315
(ii) Over the SIL may be eligible for MN coverage under WAC 182-513-1245
(b) A person eligible for hospice services in a medical institution may have to pay toward the cost of nursing facility or hospice care center services. The cost of care calculation is under WAC 182-513-1380
(5) Changes in coverage. The agency or its designee redetermines a person's eligibility under WAC 182-504-0125
if the person:
(a) Revokes the election of hospice services and is eligible for coverage using HCB waiver rules only, described in subsection (3) of this section; or
(b) Loses CN, MN, or ABP eligibility.
(6) Personal needs allowance and income and resource standards for hospice and home and community based (HCB) waiver programs are found at http://www.hca.wa.gov/free-or-low-cost-health-care/program-administration/program-standard-income-and-resources.